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Minute's silence held as Hillsborough remembered

A minute's silence was held at 3.06pm, the exact moment the match was abandoned while the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded 25 years ago today.

In the city's main streets and shopping centres, public transport also stopped.

A minute's silence held at Anfield. Credit: LFC

Heads bowed, some fans wiped away silent tears as they remembered the scores of lives lost in Britain's worst sporting disaster. The minute's silence ended with a round of applause, as across the city bells tolled 96 times at churches and civic buildings.

Fans remember Hillsborough tragedy 25 years on. Credit: LFC
96 people were killed in the stadium tragedy. Credit: LFC

Hillsborough memorial service begins, marking 25 years

The memorial service marking 25 years since the Hillsborough tragedy has begun.

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The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. Credit: LFC

The Rev Kelvin Bolton, from the local parish of Christ Church and Holy Trinity, began the service.

He thanked the families and friends of the victims "for the example you have given us of refusing to give up, of giving to us... a picture of living life, sometimes at its worse, but demonstrating that human virtue of dignity."

The names of the 96 people who lost their lives were then read out, interspersed with hymns sung by a choir and the crowd.

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The new sculpture has a light for each of the 96 victims. Credit: LFC

As each name was read out, a corresponding bulb was lit up on a new memorial sculpture in the form of a giant ring.

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Prime Minister tweets tribute to Hillsborough victims

David Cameron has used Twitter to pay tribute to those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, ahead of the 25th anniversary memorial service.

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On the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, my thoughts are with the families of the 96, the survivors and all those affected by the tragedy.

Hundreds of Hillsborough tributes at memorial

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Hundreds of bouquets of flowers, wreaths and scarves have been placed at the Hillsborough memorial in Liverpool on the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

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96 fans lost their lives in a crush during the FA Cup semi final on 15 April 1989. Credit: ITV News

Families and friends of those who died and other supporters have been gathering at the memorial stone that lists the names of the victims.

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The memorial stone lists all 96 victims to die in the tragedy. Credit: ITV News

Fans of other clubs have also hung scarves on the stadium gates as a mark of respect.

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Today's memorial at Anfield is scheduled to start at 2.45pm. Credit: ITV News

The number of tributes is expected to grow significantly over the course of the day.

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Hillsborough families pay tribute to their loved ones

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Today we honour the memory of my wonderful dad and cousin who died at #Hillsborough 25yrs ago.96 dearly missed#JFT96 http://t.co/0zCzNDnJPl

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http://t.co/CDWjX0gxpC dad got on a coach to watch #LFC. 5hrs 39mins later....he was dead. 25yrs but it still feel like yesterday #JFT96

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Hillsborough mum: 'Can't have peace until you get truth'

The mother of one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough said she will be praying for "all the fans and survivors" of the tragedy and hopes the truth behind the disaster is discovered.

Margaret Aspinall lost her 18-year-old son James in the crush at Liverpool's fateful FA Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday on April 15 1989.

"All them fans and survivors who have gone through so much alongside us, I'll be praying for them as well. That in the end, they'll all have peace. That's all we have ever wanted, is just peace. You can't have peace until you get truth."

Steven Gerrard donates £96,000 to Hillsborough fund

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin Jon Paul Gilhooley was among the 96 people who died in the 1989 disaster.

Steven Gerrard has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Credit: PA Wire

"I think it’s a nice gesture and also with the connection I’ve got to Hillsborough, with my own family, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I think the timing’s right and having spoken to the club I’ve decided to do it now," Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

The donation coincides with tonight's Merseyside derby and the 33-year-old said it was a gesture which acknowledged Everton's continued support for the campaign.

"Their show of support has been there since the tragedy happened. But alongside the gesture I am making, I and every other Liverpool fan can only thank the Evertonians for their support."

Read: Hillsborough victim's daughters return to stadium after 24 years

'Green shoots' of change in way NHS deals with scandal

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Peter Walsh was optimistic health chiefs would deal with safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital Credit: Daybreak/ITV

There are "green shoots" of change in the way NHS deals with whistleblowers and patient care scandals as health chiefs tackle safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, an expert said.

Peter Walsh, head of charity, Action Against Medical Accidents, said the nursing directors report into care at Alder Hey was the "frankest" report into poor patient care he had ever seen.

Alder Hey was "a symptom of the NHS and staff under pressure," Walsh told Daybreak.

"It's all too depressingly familiar, but one small crumb of comfort we can take from this is unlike the situation 18 months ago, staff could at least use the safety net.

"They should have been able to raise these concerns with the trust, but they went to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and the CQC acted and the nursing directors report to a public board meeting is probably the frankest, hardest hitting report I have ever seen.

"So there are green shoots."

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